8 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fifth Avenue and American Museum of Natural History. Head to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and DM Weil Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to New York City. In May, New York City is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Hudson Beach Glass, DM Weil Gallery
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elfreth's Alley. On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley and then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Rittenhouse Square ©
Rittenhouse Square

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then view the masterpieces at Torpedo Factory Art Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Washington DC sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Tomb of the Unknowns
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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